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Apple May Bring New HD Audio Format to iPad 3

Apple looks set to launch the next iPad 3 in the early days of this month, but a faster processor and better display resolution may well take a backseat to a revolutionary new audio format. If an insider source is to be believed,  Apple may be in the process of developing a new HD audio format for its iCloud streaming service.

According to The Guardian, the format will significantly improve streaming, while offering “high-definition” quality for users who have access to more bandwidth and storage available on their iPad, iPhone or iPod.

As expected, Apple’s new fomat will activate and run seamlessly. Meaning, when a user doesn’t have the bandwidth or storage available to access HD tracks, standard-definition original tracks will kick in. For example, when a user accesses his or her music via Wi-Fi, the new HD format will stream, while 3G access will prompt the streaming of the older, lower definition format.

If true, the new format may be introduced on March 7 when Apple is expected to unveil the next iPad. Apple may use the format for its iTunes Match service, which creates a copy of a user’s iTunes library in the cloud, then accessible from any iOS device. Using iTunes Match, your entire iTunes library could transform from the default AAC format to high-definition, instantly improving the quality of your music, according to the source.